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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Spring Newsletter
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM - 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.
  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 28 Jun
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center


Explore a different nature theme each week during this indoor free play group. A guided story time begins at 10:30am, followed by a short hike at 11am, weather permitting. Ages 0-4. For more information, please visit claypitponds.eventbrite.com 

Wed 29 Jun
Mud Day & Puppets on the Patio
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Celebrate International Mud Day for the 5th year in a row with us! FEATURING: mud pools for wading, a mud kitchen, mud painting, mud critters on display, and performances of the new puppet show, "Life Under a Log." Bring a towel and change of clothes! All ages. For more information, please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mud-day-puppets-on-the-patio-registration-290881112237.

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